"You had a tremendous impact on my life. My time at High Rocks is still paying dividends. Still learning, still growing, still trying... I will be forever grateful. BTW, I rolled my AmeriCorps education money into a bachelor's degree at Univ. of Mary Washington, and now I'll graduate from VCU in Richmond with an MA in History this May. High Rocks!" - AmeriCorps alumnus
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AmeriCorps is an opportunity to give full-time service to changing lives in our community while receiving a monthly living allowance, health insurance, college loan deferral, and an education award to use for college tuition or student loans. Learn more:
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AMERICORPS OPENINGS IN HIGH ROCKS PROGRAMS - starting September 2023
The First2 Network is dedicated to increasing the number of first-generation and other underrepresented students studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) who make it through the first two years of college. The first two years of college are a critical barrier in STEM career pathways, particularly if your parents haven't gone to college or you are an underrepresented minority in the STEM fields. The First2 Network is part of the National Science Foundation INCLUDES community, a National Science Foundation initiative to increase STEM innovation in our country. An AmeriCorps member placed in First2 would help to mentor first-generation and other underrepresented students who are majoring in STEM, coordinate student activities, recruit students, and engage stakeholders around the state. While working directly with students, First2 AmeriCorps members will work with community members across the state to better serve students and help improve the systems and practices that serve young people in West Virginia.
This AmeriCorps member will support our gardens, high tunnels, and local foods programming for the community and young people. This person will be growing healthy, fresh food for our programs for young people. They will also be serving directly with young people, helping them learn to grow, market, and sell healthy food. They will help with our Grow Appalachia program, where community members learn about growing and cooking food. Experience growing food is a plus, not a must! Passion for young people, and for growing and feeding people healthy, delicious food is required.
High Rocks began in 1996 as a residential summer camp on a mountainside to help girls prepare for high school with a positive outlook about themselves and their abilities. Over 25 years later, we work with young people not only at summer camp, but throughout the year at our 200-acre campground in Pocahontas County, at the Hub in Lewisburg, and with partner organizations across the state. High Rocks and its partners share the aim of making communities stronger, richer, and more vibrant places to work and live for everyone. AmeriCorps members at High Rocks will recruit students and volunteers and help with our year-round educational programming for local youth. Our programming is free to students, and we accept youth from all walks of life and all the different tables in the cafeteria.
AmeriCorps members will provide direct service to young people in all the key components of the High Rocks program including in our Hub Café and kitchen. Members will learn to prepare and serve delicious espresso drinks, smoothies, Italian sodas, homemade bagels, and baked goods. We partner with young people to teach valuable work and business skills while earning money and serving their community. Members will help run the Hub’s after-school tutoring programs and workshops, help support and facilitate programming, support service-learning trips, help students prepare for college or their next big step, help run classes at summer camps and service overnights, support our alumnae program, recruit volunteers, and implement other aspects of our strong, integrated programs.
AmeriCorps members will provide direct service to young people in our youth entrepreneurial program who are learning to fix desktops and laptop computers and helping to resolve hardware, software, or networking problems. Program participants also help people who are frustrated with their technology, or want to learn to use a new device, program, or digital medium, whether it's a phone, a computer, or a website they want to navigate.
AMERICORPS OPENINGS AT COMMUNITY PARTNER SITES - starting September 2023
Almost Heaven Habitat has worked alongside volunteers and future homeowners to build, renovate, and repair homes in southeastern West Virginia for more than 30 years. Habitat homes are sold to partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. Habitat also maintains a revolving “Fund for Humanity” to support future build projects in our community. AmeriCorps members will help support Almost Heaven Habitat build projects and the ReStore location, recruit, organize, coordinate, and facilitate volunteers, and help promote and execute special events and community activities.
Bethlehem Farm transforms lives through service with the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices. It is an intentional community located in Talcott, WV that provides education on local foods and sustainability to the local community as well as to service week volunteers that come from all over the country to work in gardens and on build projects. AmeriCorps Caretakers serve as service week leaders, coordinate and develop the Repairing Homes, Renewing Communities (RHRC) program, and interact with volunteer groups during their visit to Bethlehem Farm.
The Capitol Market is a non-profit indoor-outdoor market that offers an exciting mix of farm goodness seeking an individual to help serve our communities by assisting and coordinating our food access programs. They will assist with SNAP Stretch programs as well as other events and community initiatives to ensure that all community members have access to fresh food and vegetables. They will also assist with the aggregation and distribution of goods and with Capitol Market events that support other local non-profit programs.
Challenged Athletes of West Virginia’s (CAWV) mission is to “improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through outdoor sports and recreation.” CAWV operates an adaptive skiing program at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, teaching over 400 lessons annually to children and adults with disabilities, and provides specialized ski and snowboarding equipment to program participants at no cost. The AmeriCorps member will promote and engage adult and youth volunteerism through community outreach, and online/social media; create programs, coordinate volunteers information sessions and training to encourage and enrich volunteers’ experience with CAWV; promote CAWV services to the community and beyond through social media, in-person events, and speaking opportunities; help plan the annual veterans family Winter Snowsports Camp and Summer Sports Camp and support the camps through hospitality and mentorship for the veterans, families, etc.; be a supportive mentor for the participant athletes we serve daily; and help coordinate and promote other special activities and events.
Coalfield Development is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help build resilient rural communities with socially, environmentally, and financially thriving economies which create the community conditions for all kinds of people to unlock their full potential, power, and purpose. Serve with our Agriculture program which will have several key areas of service, all related to food systems development at various levels with a primary focus around agriculture training. As an AmeriCorps member, you will: coordinate community outreach, trainings, and educational events around farming and local food; develop and organize a volunteer plan; coordinate volunteer groups; and recruit participants for trainings, education events, volunteer opportunities, and outreach activities.
The AmeriCorps member will provide information to Fayette County schools on the local WV farm raised foods they receive to serve on their cafeteria lines and talk with students during lunch about the local products and farms they came from. The member will coordinate planting, care, and harvesting demonstrations provided by local farmers who are supplying our cafeterias. The member will serve with non-profit farms to set up Pop Up Farmer’s markets at all the Elementary schools in county. These markets help kids exercise freedom in choosing their fruits and vegetables. After a Pop Up Market children often try fruits and vegetables they wouldn’t have otherwise. The AmeriCorps member will also mentor with the county Agriculture Education Instructor to provide the support and education needed for High School students to orient their Supervised Agricultural Experiences next summer to provide produce for the Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Program in the Fall.
An AmeriCorps member will focus their service on planning new community-oriented events, recruiting students and volunteers; Planning and delivering youth-based community events to promote wellness; Planning and delivering a youth-based activities fair; Planning and delivering special programming weekly for youth participating in ENGAGE After-school; and striving to create an environment of learning and inspiration.
Greenbrier Community School (GCS) is a place of collaboration, trust, and civility. We are a community of learners with classes from 18-months to 5th grade. Our pedagogy is innovative, our values are grounded in time-honored tradition with a commitment to be on the forefront of the progressive ideas that produce the best education and learning environments. Our curriculum is innovative and student-centered with an emphasis on independent thinking and problem-solving. Our students mature into confident, self-directed learners who recognize the value of collaboration and cooperation in the learning environment. The AmeriCorps member will recruit and coordinate the activities of community volunteers for school programs; mentor k – 5 students and serve as a positive role model; engage with students to promote wellness and healthy choices and lifestyles; and engage with students to promote lifetime engagement with learning.
The Greenbrier County Health Alliance (GCHA) is sponsored by the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Rural and Community Health with grant funding from West Virginia Clinical Translational Science Institute. The GCHA’s mission is to empower all local communities in Greenbrier County to improve health through community action and innovative programming. A key component to the Alliance coordinated approach for the community health outreach is the use of community ambassadors. AmeriCorps members serve to expand the ‘community ambassador’ project and support ambassadors to represent their community’s needs and provide solution-focused leadership to promote health behaviors.
The Laughlin Memorial Chapel (LMC) has been operating the East Wheeling neighborhood, serving children and their families for nearly 100 years. The mission of LMC is to care for and empower families and others by working cooperatively with existing community groups. The Afterschool Program, LMC’s cornerstone program, offers a safe and nurturing environment for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, four afternoons each week. Nutritious snacks and meals are served daily to all children enrolled in the Afterschool Program as well as opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.
Mountain SOL is an outdoor education non-profit focused on nature awareness, stewardship, and outdoor leadership. Our classes are more than just lesson plans taught outside – they are engaging, fully-immersed experiences. We emphasize passion, personal responsibility, and leadership skills to guide our next generation on the path of building a more just and resilient Appalachia. Mountain SOL School is about connection – connection to oneself, to friends, to community, and to the greater circle of life. We strive not oly to give students opportunities to learn practical skills like wilderness survival, but also teamwork, leadership, and a passion to protect the natural world and cultivate a community of support and acceptance.
New Roots Community Farm is an 82-acre agricultural resource center based in Fayetteville, WV that operates a 6-acre diversified vegetable production demonstration farm to support the local ag-entrepreneurs and producers that have the potential to underpin the development of a more diverse and resilient localized economy in the New River Gorge Region. We aim to expand access to markets for both producers and consumers. We aim to get fresh, local food into the hands of people who need it most. As an AmeriCorps member, you will increase the organization’s capacity to implement community food access programming through coordination and hosting of school groups for on-farm field trips, assist with on-campus garden development, Farm-to-School curriculum and program development, collaborate with additional staff and Fayette County Schools AmeriCorps members to implement nutrition/agriculture-based curricula to PreK – 8th Grade students, help plan and facilitate food access markets, and help host on-farm markets and events.
Pocahontas County Libraries & Visitor Information Centers (PCLVIC) is comprised of five libraries, stretching from one end of our rural West Virginian county to the other. The main branch, McClintic Library, is in Marlinton, with additional branches in the communities of Durbin, Green Bank, Hillsboro and Linwood. PCLVIC’s mission is to “fulfill the informational needs of our residents and visitors”. An AmeriCorps position supports increasing library relevancy for youth.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) was organized in 1982. We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society and draw our members from Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Maryland. PVAS offers a wide variety of youth events and programs for children, adults, and families. Our goal is to get people of all ages outside to explore and learn about the natural world. We also work closely with a variety of partners to conserve natural areas for habitat protection and for people’s enjoyment. AmeriCorps members will engage with students in grade specific programs and provide learning opportunities for students in both in the classroom and at day camps for youth from pre-K –6th grade.
Renick Community Center offers numerous opportunities for community members to come together for activities that enrich their lives. We host open invitation events including Music Night, made in West Virginia Showcase, Farmers Markets, Ice Cream Socials, and a variety of classes focused on health and wellness. As an AmeriCorps member, you will provide community outreach support for the Center by providing information about what’s happening at the Center utilizing social media, flyers, and other promotional tools; help organize community events, recruit volunteers to assist with events, and collaborate and communicate with partners about the Center’s facilities and services.
The Shepherd University Center at Tabler Farm is developing a community engaged regional center for training, innovation, and research in sustainable agriculture practices that integrate farms into natural landscapes. We collaborate with local organizations to provide fresh produce and farm/food education. AmeriCorps members will assist with community and university outreach and engagement including networking, organizing talks about the program, scheduling and hosting tours and field trips to our farm, and general promotion of the program. The member will also serve as a leader for direct engagement with the farm, leading students and volunteers in their service at the farm production site.
Sprouting Farms Appalachian Craft and Training Center is a four-season non-profit farm and education and resource center located in Summers County WV, with partner sites at Refresh Appalachia, and New Roots Farm. We believe that long-lasting impact is created by training new farmers in quality and sustainable production techniques, and by providing shared resources and educational opportunities to the whole farm community. Our programs provide farmers with sound business management and production skills, hands-on apprenticeship and mentorship, and the land and resources necessary to launch and refine their farm businesses. The AmeriCorps member will focus on scheduling and hosting educational events and workshops, community outreach and recruitment of volunteers among other projects.
An AmeriCorps member will serve by networking with and forming community partnerships for running/walking programs – and individuals – statewide and getting a wide range of them involved as community partners to help improve health and wellness attitudes in West Virginia. Placing information about new community group partners on the Web site. Making the Web site calendar a true statewide calendar with as many races/events on it as you can find. In-state and out-of-state people should be able to look at it and find out what’s happening at any given time. Helping support, organize, publicize and participate in the workshops that occur during your service. Making short “how-to” videos that will be useful to West Virginians who want to start a local volunteer running program.
The West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA) focuses on Organizational Development and Communications, Education and Advocacy, and Resource Development. We’re here to raise awareness of rural health issues, and invest in policies that make positive changes in our communities. AmeriCorps members will help develop digital and print outreach materials for rural k-12 students to provide awareness about career opportunities within the healthcare workforce. This will include materials that help guide students from historically underrepresented backgrounds including rural, minorities, and LGBTQIA+ populations. The member will serve to increase awareness of opportunities to volunteer with WVRHA and access educational webinars, a podcast, and other free resources
WVU Hospitals mission and vision is to continually improve the health status of our region through the provision of high-quality, cost-effective health care and wellness services. Our AmeriCorps member will focus on increasing access to healthy food, physical activity, resources, and education in the Eastern Panhandle community. Their main projects will include reinstituting a community garden, supporting a local produce prescription program, and creating a community resource guide for people with diabetes.
The Education Resource Center at the NASA IV&V Facility in Fairmont, WV is the one of the longest running and largest STEM initiatives in West Virginia. Through our educator-trainings, we impact over 1,000 teachers, pre-service, and after-school educators who in turn borrow our STEM classroom kits and engage over 15,000 students per year. We manage 12 competitive robotics programs that engage over 6,000 students in 500+ teams per year, and these numbers are increasing annually. An AmeriCorps member placed at our organization would help to train students, teachers, out-of-school educators, and volunteers in the competitive robotics programs, with a focus on the VEX IQ (elementary/middle) and VEX EDR (middle/high) platforms and how to effectively compete. In addition, our AmeriCorps volunteer will help prepare for, and conduct robotics competitions across the state. Through a program funded by NASA, our AmeriCorps volunteer will be distributing $30,000 per year in robots to start new competitive teams.
The WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health supports the osteopathic medical education focus on team-based and patient-centered care and the integration of prevention and population health to improve quality and efficiency of health care delivery. This is accomplished by developing programs that contribute to improving health in rural communities, supporting clinical research in rural practices, developing resources that support these efforts, providing education to communities, rural providers and students, and developing collaborations that support these efforts.